NEET Exams

NEET to held on 6th May, online registration begins

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Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced on Thursday that the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses will be held on 6 May and online registration has started.

Online is the only source to take the admission through the CBSE's official website for which aadhaar card is mandatory also the candidates can register till 9 March till 11.50 pm. The last date for successful payment of fee online is 10 March till 11.50 pm, according to the admission notice.

The fee is Rs 1,400 for general category candidates and Rs 750 for SC/ST/Physically Handicapped candidates, according to ZEE Newsreport.

From this year, the CBSE will have a uniform question paper across all languages for students taking the NEET.

The exam will have one paper containing 180 objective type questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology, said Hindustan Times report. The timing of paper would be three hours from 10.00 am to 01.00 pm.

Aadhaar number is mandatory for all except from those from Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya and the applicants must give their consent to the CBSE to validate the same.

In case of any mismatch in the Aadhaar number, name, date of birth and gender, the candidates will not be able to fill up the form.

A candidate must have completed the age of 17 at the time of admission or will complete the age on or before31 December, 2018, that is the year of his/ her admission to first year of MBBS or BDS course, according to the eligibility criteria.

The upper age limit for candidates seeking admission to these courses shall be 25 years as on the date of the examination with a relaxation of five years for candidates belonging to SC/ST and OBC categories and persons entitled for reservation under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016.

Students who have passed subjects physics, chemistry, biology/biotechnology and English and obtained a minimum of 50 percent marks taken together in physics, chemistry and biology or biotechnology will be eligible to apply.

Candidates belonging to SC/ ST and OBC category who have obtained 40 percent marks in physics, chemistry and biology or biotechnology taken together will be eligible.

(With PTI inputs)

Kalam Lib

Kalam Library Launched at Observation Home in Ahmedabad

A Kalam Library, an initiative of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre, was inaugurated at the Observation Home in Ahmedabad on February 6, 2018. The library gives access to books to 20-25 children living in the Observation Home. The first book of this Library was donated by Smt. Avantika Singh Aulakh, IAS, District Collector, Ahmedabad. Also present at the event were Smt. Bhartibaa Vaghela, Deputy District Collector of Ahmedabad and Mr. Srijan Pal Singh, Founder of Kalam Library Project who interacted with the children during the Library launch.

The Agni Stage Library, named after the long range missile invented by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, 11th President of India, has about 70-100 books which are carefully selected to suit the age and interest of the beneficiaries and will enlighten them through the biographies and life lessons from some of the most eminent revolutionaries across the world.

The mission of the Kalam Library Project is to inculcate values and ethics in young India so that they can create a better future of the nation as envisioned by Dr. Kalam, a great visionary who gave India a mission of development.

“Dr. Kalam has been such an inspiration. We are happy to support the Kalam Library Project. Books have the power to build the world. Through initiatives like the Kalam Library Project, we want to spark children’s potential through creative writing, storytelling, reading, and many other art forms” says Smt. Avantika Singh Aulakh, District Collector of Ahmedabad.

The first library was launched at Prayaas School for unprivileged children at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Out of the 80 + Kalam Libraries, there are over 12 Libraries within the state of Gujarat itself.

“I am very happy to see the Kalam Library Project touching so many lives across the country. Through this initiative, we wish to provide opportunities to the youth of Ahmedabad to make global connections, build bridges between communities through the world of books along with value-based recreational and educational activities.” Says Mr. Srijan Pal Singh, CEO of Kalam Centre and Founder of the Kalam Library Project.

The Kalam Library Project (KLP) is one of the unfulfilled dreams of Dr. Kalam, which is based on his philosophy that every youth of the nation should have access to library as a matter of right. KLP was started in January 2016 and under the cooperation of many stakeholders. Today, over eighty Kalam Libraries are already operating as not just reading rooms but as centres of excellence and learning across the country with many more in pipeline.


Union Budget evokes positive reactions from educationists

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The Union Budget has evoked positive reactions from educationists as it has laid stress on prioritizing education and emphasized a shift from traditional blackboards to digital blackboards.

The Budget has allocated Rs 85,010 crore for the education sector for the year starting 1 April. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said education is a priority for the government. Education will be treated holistically without any segmentation from Nursery to Class XII.

The Budget also unveiled a new scheme called Revitalizing Infrastructure and Systems in Education or RISE which will be financed via a restructured higher education financing agency (HEFA) that is functioning for the past two months as a non-banking financial company. It aims to lend low-cost funds to government higher educational institutions.

"The 2018 Budget looks very promising for the education sector. The Government’s plan to leverage technology in the education sector is a big leap forward. Their allocation of Rs. 1 lakh crore for research in the field of education is also a much-needed step,” said Rohit Mann, Director, Lancers International School. 

According to Mr. Sumeet Nath, Secretary& Treasurer, Baptist Church Trust Association (BCTA), an organization that administers several schools pan -India, "We are delighted to learn that the Union Budget 2018 is focussed on improving the quality of education. It is indeed heartening to note that the Government shall now be treating education holistically, sans any segmentation, from pre-nursery to Class 12. The seriousness of the Government towards any sector can be gauged by the budget allocation for it. We are happy to hear about the RISE scheme (Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education) wherein a budget of Rs 1 lakh crore has been allocated over 4 years. There is a great disparity in terms of education infrastructure and systems in private schools and state-run schools and a scheme like this shall be instrumental in bridging the gap. He emphasized on training 13 lakh teachers under the RTE (Right to Education), as this shall improve the standard of students. We at BCTA welcome this move for we firmly believe that pedagogy should be an ever-evolving phenomenon and we are more than happy that the Government is investing a sizable amount in it."